BBC Newsnight host believes drugs are a greater problem among gay men

[BBC Newsnight host Evan Davis] who has always been candid about his own sexuality, said homosexuals were more prone to destructive behaviour

… He was said to have described drug taking as ‘socially infectious’ among the gay community and said it was not helped by their slightly greater disposable income.

… ‘Once gay people start taking drugs, they’ll take more drugs because it’s socially infectious and one person will take them, then another. I just think it’s something gay people have to watch out for.’

… Davis[‘s] comments come after the British Crime Survey found drug use among gay and bisexual men was three times higher than for straight men and was higher in the majority of individual drugs consumed including cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis

[Source: Daily Mail]

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Crystal meth usage high amongst gay men – linked to ‘HIV infection’

[T]here is one small sub-group [where crystal meth] is having a disproportionate effect…: gay men on the extreme end of the party scene in London, where it’s being linked to a worrying rise in HIV.

…The drug can be smoked, snorted and swallowed, but increasing numbers of gay men in the capital are injecting it, sharing needles and combing it with other drugs and high-risk sexual activity. It’s often taken at “chill-outs” and sex parties, organised on social networking sites, where men engage in sex with a number of different people.

…A new report compiled by the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine recently revealed three times as many gay and bisexual men in London inject drugs than in England as a whole. The analysis also found that four times as many use crystal meth in the capital than across the rest of the country.

…At the heart of the problem, he says, are issues around self-esteem, intimacy, sexual identity and internalised homophobia.

A sensitive community takes drugs and gets ill… Why blame HIV?

[Source: Channel 4 News]

Poetic justice?

While it would be some sort of poetic justice for a rapist to acquire an infection called HIV from his victim, in this case, for the accused to be certain of HIV-positivity he would need to have a pertinent health risk. And he does.

‘He was arrested and interviewed and said he had been drinking heavily, taken cocaine and ecstasy and could not recall the incident,’ he added.

…he started using cannabis at the age of nine, drinking heavily at the age of 11, became addicted to ecstasy and cocaine at 13 and was put in care the following year.

…Thomas will not find out the result of his HIV test until Friday and has had the worry of the outcome hanging over him.

The rapist, like his accuser, are the victims of circumstance.

[Source: Daily Mail]

The failure of prohibition

“The war on drugs has failed in its original purpose of reducing drug use,” Kazatchkine said. “Not only has it failed in that objective, but it is harmful in several respects.” Drugs have become cheaper and more widely available, and new synthetic drugs are coming onto the market every year.

Chris Beyrer of Johns Hopkins nicely summed up the message from both sessions: “It’s pretty clear that the war on drugs is unwinnable, the war on drugs users is terrible and also unwinnable, but the war on HIV, HCV, and TB can be won with evidence-based policy,” he said.

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If drugs are legalised, not only do we remove the street dealer and make them cleaner, we redefine the user as a patient and not a criminal. ‘HIV’ and AIDS will decrease because of a proper framework of care, not because clean needles prevent transmission of some phantom spectre.

[Source: Aidsmap]